IFMA North Alabama

Member Spotlight

Lawrence Hillis
Facilities Manager
Jones Lang LaSalle (contracted to SAIC)

Lawrence Hillis has been a member of the North Alabama Chapter of IFMA since 1993. He is a Facility Manager for Jones Lang LaSalle on the SAIC account. He began his career at SAIC as an offset press operator in 1975.  A year later, he set up and managed their Shipping & Receiving Department. In 1980, he transferred to the Personnel Department. As the employees increased from 70 to 700, SAIC became the master tenant of the Clinton Building and Lawrence began his career in Facilities Management as a Facility Coordinator. In 1987, Lawrence served on the committee that provided requirements for the SAIC building being built at 6725 Odyssey Drive. In 2007, Lawrence served on the building committee of the second building at 6723 Odyssey Drive. Lawrence held positons in the very active SAIC Booster Club and coordinated many of the SAIC offsite picnics. He received the SAIC Employee of the Year Award in 1995. SAIC grew to over 2,000 employees in Huntsville and was scattered at customer sites throughout the city and Redstone Arsenal. In 2011 Lawrence transitioned to his current position with JLL. By 2013, he had 17 buildings in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas.  Currently, Lawrence oversees seven Alabama sites and is working on standing up two new sites - one in Huntsville and one in Birmingham.

Lawrence credits IFMA as being of great value to his success as a Facility Manager. He says the informative local meetings and the IFMA website are the best resources for anyone working in facility management. For these reasons, he has served the North Alabama Chapter as President, Treasurer, Vice President and as a Board Member.

Lawrence takes great interest in the community and was a charter member of the Dallas/Lincoln Mill Village District, a Community Development Corporation where he served as President and Secretary. Lawrence also served as President of the Lincoln School PTA and has coached youth sports soccer, softball and basketball since 1994 and is currently coaching Upward Basketball.

Lawrence was active in the Huntsville Track Club for over 20 years and won two national titles. One as a runner - TAC Two Mile Indoor National Champion in Chicago in 1985 and another award as Road Runners Club of America National Volunteer of the Year in 1994. He served as HTC President and Secretary and was the race director of the national caliber Cotton Row Run 10K for six years.

Another of Lawrence’s interests is Genealogy. Some of his published work and backup documentation is in the Huntsville Public Library. One family line of his family tree is traced back to the 11th century. He is also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Lawrence is a Deacon at Jackson Way Baptist Church. Since his occupation is facility management, yes you might have guessed, he serves on the Church Building and Grounds Committee.

Our chapter is privileged and honored to have Lawrence as a member. With all he has going on in his life, it’s hard to imagine how he could possibly have time to attend home games at the University of North Alabama - Go Lions! That's where his three daughters and one son-in-law graduated so he definitely has a vested interest. 


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